“I was probably the first of the original ‘London Luckies’ to sign up for the London Law Program in 1968, when it was first offered by then-Dean Lawless. My participation in the program and year abroad based in London was a life-changing, one-of-a-kind event for me. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity that Notre Dame provided me during that very eventful year.”
– Thomas DiGrazia ’70 J.D., member of the first London class
“The Notre Dame London Law Program initialized my entry into international travel, which has continued through the present. … When I graduated from Notre Dame Law School, I was headed back home to Oregon with the intent of starting my legal career there. However, on the trip home I stopped off in Reno, Nevada. I checked the ND book for alumni and called Robert LeGoy, a 1977 Law School graduate who it turns out had spent 1976 in London, so I had never met him at ND. Bob convinced me to stay a few days in Reno and introduced me to other ND Law grads for job interviews. That connection led to a summer internship in Reno, which turned into a full-year internship, which turned into a full-time job in the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office for 12 1/2 years, and then a solo private practice the past 28 years. Needless to say, that introduction not only led to the job. It was not long after that I met my wife, Janet, we bought a home, we raised two daughters, Lisa and Sally, and now 40 years later, it’s a career with retirement at hand, and more world travels already set for the years ahead.”
– Edwin T. Basl ’78 J.D.
“Nancy and I did not actually meet at Notre Dame. We did not know each other as first-years. We met in London during our second year there and began dating after she came to our Halloween party dressed as Miss Representation. The rest is now history. The London class was only about 25 or 30 then, with just over half coming from ND. It was also a much more primitive environment than is the case now. ND rented a vacant building at the old Kings College on Kings Road in Chelsea before it became trendy — although skinheads and spiked hair had already made their emergence. Heat was scarce in the building, and I will never forget taking our fall final exams while wearing our winter coats and having to wipe our noses to avoid dripping on our ‘blue books.’ Needless to say, it was a very enjoyable year where we made some great friends and were able to travel on breaks through Great Britain and Europe.”
– Mike Borders ’81 J.D., who met his wife Nancy Borders ’81 J.D. in the London Program
Notre Dame receives a $4 million gift from the estate of Dagmar Concannon, the widow of prominent Chicago lawyer Matthias Concannon. The gift enables the Law School to enter into a long-term lease and pay for renovations at 7 Albemarle Street in London’s Mayfair neighborhood. The program could finally settle into a permanent location after residing in several temporary locations during previous years.
“When we went on our Christmas break, one of my friends and I took the requisite European train journey around, and we stopped in Vienna. And instead of going and seeing the Family Von Trapp stuff, we went to UNCITRAL, which is the United Nations Center for International Trade Law, because our international trade prof, Clive Schmitthoff, was like the father of international trade law. It was somewhat of a geeky moment, but we went there, and we told them we were students of Professor Schmitthoff, and we were treated like princes.”
– Tim Maher ’90 J.D.
Notre Dame Law School graduates the London Law Program’s first LL.M. students.
The University starts a comprehensive London program for all undergraduates in the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Business Administration, Engineering, and Science.
The University relocates its London programs to accommodate the increasing number of students studying in London. Through a bequest from Charles K. Fischer ’49, the University is able to renovate the former United University Club at 1-4 Suffolk Street near Trafalgar Square. The building is named Marian Kennedy Fischer Hall in honor of his mother.
The University opens Conway Hall as a residence hall for Notre Dame students studying in London. For the first time, Notre Dame has a student residence of its own beyond campus.
The building — the former Royal Waterloo Hospital for Children and Women — undergoes a complete renovation and is named in honor of Robert and Ricki Conway. Bob Conway ’66 is a longtime London resident whose gift made it possible for Notre Dame to establish the residence hall for students.
Dean Nell Jessup Newton announces that the Law School will begin allowing law students to spend a single semester, instead of the full year, in the London Law Program. Also, the Law School will allow third-year students to spend a semester or a full year in London.
“The Notre Dame London Law Program affords a unique experience and is not just for students destined to become international lawyers. I came into the program knowing that I wanted to become a criminal public defender in the United States. My comparative and international law classes provided me the opportunity to critically compare America’s criminal justice system with that of the United Kingdom and elsewhere. The highlight of my experience was my yearlong externship at JD Spicer Zeb Solicitors, a criminal defense firm that allowed me to work on criminal cases pending against the firm’s low-income clients. Because of the London Program, my 2L year was the happiest and most enriching year of education in my life.”
– Carlene Miller ’17 J.D.